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SIMARD, Y., I. McQUINN, M. MONTMINY, C. LANG, C. STEVENS, F. GOULET, J.-P. LAPIERRE, J.-L. BEAULIEU, J. LANDRY, Y. SAMSON, M. GAGNÉ, 2000. CH2 : Canadian Hydroacoustic data analysis tool 2 user's manual (version 2.0). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 2332, 123 p .
CH2 is the acronym for Canadian Hydroacoustic data analysis tool 2. It is a Windows 95 Multiple Document Interface (MDI) C++ application, developed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans within the framework of the Data Analysis Tools (DAT) project of its National Hydroacoustic Program (NHP). It is dedicated to the display and processing of the standard HAC (Simard et al. 1997) multi-channel (multiple frequencies or beams) multi-echosounder acoustic data produced by the CH1 acquisition and real-time monitoring module (Simard et al. 1998). Data can originate from various analog or digital echosounders (e.g. Biosonics 102 type, Simrad EK500, or EY500). CH2 version 2.0 includes several editing TOOLS, to edit, eliminate, ignore, threshold, filter, or correct the raw HAC data, without erasing any original information. It also incorporates multi-channel classification tools, to partition the acoustic data into echo categories according to user decisions, and multi-channel echointegration capabilities for each echo category. The user can always track the various processing steps that have been applied to the original raw data. CH2 holds full undo and redo facilities for the various operations applied to the raw data. Edited files can be saved under the standard HAC format and contain the raw data plus the parameters of the editing/classification operations. The echointegration data are exported in ASCII text files that are directly usable by common data analysis or visualisation packages such as worksheets, statistical packages, and 2-D and 3-D mapping packages.
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